Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services

Selecting a School for Twice-Exceptional Learners

Do not look for a school that will fix your twice-exceptional child. Selecting a back-to-basics, very structured school will not be a good fit for your creative, unorganized child. Instead look for a school that will value the unique qualities of your child. Twice-exceptional learners need:

School Climate

  • Welcoming and accepting atmosphere prevails throughout the school
  • Diversity and unique qualities of students are valued
  • Encourages and values parents participation
  • Utilizes community resources to increase options

Teachers

  • Understands the importance of personally connecting with students
  • Creates a supportive learning community respectful of individual differences
  • Believes it is critical to vary instruction to address the needs of individual students
  • Are accepting, supportive, and encouraging in their approach as they work with students
  • Works collaboratively with other educators, specialists, and parents to address student needs

Curriculum

  • Multidisciplinary curriculum allowing learners can connect and apply what they are learning
  • Content, process, and product are differentiated to address individual student needs
  • Focuses on higher order thinking and problem-based learning addressing real-world problems
  • Addresses both cognitive and affective needs of students

Instruction

  • Allows students choice in the way they learn and demonstrate what they have learned
  • Focuses on developing student potential and supports them in areas of challenge
  • Pre-assesses to find out what students already know and moves students forward from that point
  • Implements a variety of strategies including flexible grouping, acceleration, and differentiation

(Trail, 2011)